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Wilmer Flores has a fractured left ankle

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BaronWilmer Flores began playing winter ball for Los Bravos de Margarita in his native Venezuela in late November, but in his first game on November 26, he was hit by a pitch in his ankle which shut him down for nearly a week.

Flores returned to action on December 2, and played both ends of a doubleheader and the following two games for Los Bravos, going 3-for-10 with an RBI in those four games.

But assistant GM John Ricco said on Sunday in Nashville Flores had since been shutdown as a precaution, and would return to New York to visit with team doctors just to be sure there is nothing seriously wrong in his ankle.

His visit with team doctors did not go so well.

Ricco said on Tuesday Flores has a non-displaced fracture on his left ankle, and will wear a walking boot for the next few weeks.

Flores will not require surgery, and team doctors believe Flores will be ready for Spring Training in two months.

The Mets will be going to Spring Training with both of their big league shortstops recovering from broken parts of their leg. Tejada broke his leg in a collision with Chase Utley during Game 2 of the National League Division Series in Los Angeles.

Flores hit .263/.295/.408 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 137 regular season games for the Mets in 2015. He went 8-for-41 with three extra-base hits in the postseason.

Wilmer Flores shutdown from winter ball as a precaution

Wilmer Flores


BaronWilmer Flores began playing winter ball for Los Bravos de Margarita in his native Venezuela in late November, but in his first game on November 26, he was hit by a pitch in his ankle which shut him down for nearly a week.

Flores returned to action on December 2, and played both ends of a doubleheader and the following two games for Los Bravos, going 3-for-10 with an RBI in those four games.

But assistant GM John Ricco said on Sunday in Nashville Flores has since been shutdown as a precaution, and could return to New York to visit with team doctors just to be sure there is nothing seriously wrong in his ankle.

Flores hit .263/.295/.408 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 137 regular season games for the Mets in 2015. He went 8-for-41 with three extra-base hits in the postseason.

Gavin Cecchini sidelined with a shoulder injury


BaronGavin Cecchini enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 after hitting .317/.377/.442 with seven home runs na d51 RBI in 109 games with Double-A Binghamton. That performance earned him the Eastern League Player of the Year honors, although he missed some time during the season with a hip problem.

He went to Arizona this fall to participate in the Arizona Fall League and went 5-for-13 in four games, but has since been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

As such, assistant GM John Ricco said on Monday in Boca Raton Cecchini will not participate in the Pan-Am Games in Asia.

Cecchini, who will turn 22 on December 23, is entering a big year in the Mets organization. He seems likely to start next year at Triple-A Las Vegas, and if all goes well, there’s a need and the Mets don’t acquire a new shortstop, he could conceivably be up sometime mid-year or next September.

The key of course, is for Cecchini to stay healthy and demonstrate his worthiness for a look at the big league level. That assumes the Mets are still struggling to find an answer at at the position, and Cecchini continues to grow and mature under the Mets player development system.

Michael Cuddyer undergoes surgery for a core muscle injury

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BaronMichael Cuddyer underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury on Thursday, the Mets announced Friday evening. The procedure was performed at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.

Cuddyer will presumably be ready for Spring Training.

Cuddyer hit .259/.309/.391 with ten home runs and 41 RBI in 408 plate appearances over 117 games in the regular season in 2015.  He went just 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts during the postseason.

He suffered a bone bruise in his knee in early July and was relegated to part-time duty from that point forward in 2015. He performed well in a limited role, hitting .293/.336/.448 with six doubles and four home runs in 45 games after June 30.

Cuddyer is under contract for $12.5 million in 2015.

Juan Lagares will not require right elbow surgery this winter

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Juan Lagares has been battling elbow problems for more than a year, and it has unquestionably affected his ability to throw accurately and with any velocity from center field.

During the year, Terry Collins hinted the solution for Lagares is to undergo Tommy John Surgery, which of course would sideline him for most of a full year.

But Lagares played through those problems in 2015 without having surgery, although his ability to throw was exposed in the World Series none the less.

On Wednesday, Terry Collins said Lagares was having his elbow examined. But Collins said he didn’t foresee surgery being considered for Lagares, and instead will be prescribed rest and treatment on his elbow.

And according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Lagares will not require surgery this winter.

Collins said on Wednesday there are no other injury issues heading into the off-season, although that was after Curtis Granderson underwent surgery on his left thumb, news the team announced on Thursday.

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